What is the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program?
The Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program provides training and technical assistance to Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, political parties, civil society and the media to help Kenyans conduct free, fair and peaceful elections. The program supports technology solutions that improve transparency and increase citizens’ confidence in the electoral process.
Program Duration and Budget
May 2011 – April 2014
Who implements the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program?
A consortium of American non-governmental organizations implements the program, led by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI).
Where does the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program work?
What does the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program do?
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems works hand in hand with the International Boundaries and Electoral Commission to implement the progressive electoral reforms envisioned in the 2010 Kenya Constitution. This includes election-related regulations, voter education, dispute resolution and the use of technology systems. The foundation has supported the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties in developing nomination and ballot production software to replace the previous manual system.
The National Democratic Institute is working with political parties to recruit and promote women, youth, and other marginalized groups into the party decision-making processes and develop issue-based platforms. Through a Leadership and Campaign Academy women and youth are groomed to assume more active roles in the parties, many standing for their party’s nomination as candidates. People with disabilities attended the academy with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An Inter Party Youth Forum works at the national and county level to further ensure that youth issues that transcend ethnic divisions drive the political agenda. The institute is promoting electoral accountability through domestic observation and expanding democratic space within parties to enhance participation of women and the youth.
The International Republican Institute informs and empowers citizens through civic education. The program provides training and tools to civil society leaders who in turn encourage public participation and active engagement of citizens at membership meetings and community forums.
How is the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program making a difference?
Using a new biometric voter registration system, the International Boundaries and Electoral Commission successfully registered 14.3 million voters in 30 days. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems has also trained 476 election officials on the use of a secure mobile-based results transmission system to build voters’ confidence that the results are transparent and credible which greatly reduces the likelihood of violence.
To date, 7,803 Kenyans including 3,285 women have received political party training through the National Democratic Institute to promote increased engagement of citizens at the grassroots level. The Elections Observation Group has trained 1,142 domestic election observers in monitoring elections processes and to participate in a parallel vote tabulation effort.
The International Republican Institute equipped more than 20,000 civil society leaders to convene their communities and empower 46,256 Kenyans to engage in bringing the constitutional reforms to life, starting with supporting peaceful general elections in March 2013.
What key challenges does the Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program face?
The constitutional reform and implementation process has been frequently delayed due to political disagreements.
For more information:
Michael Yard, Chief of Party, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Tel: +254 (0) 716 867 605
Mary O’Hagan, Chief of Party, National Democratic Institute
Tel: +254 20 387 7051
John Tomaszewski, Chief of Party, International Republican Institute
Tel: +254 727 588 050
John Smith-Sreen, Director, Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance, USAID/Kenya
Tel: +254 20 862 2000
USAID/Kenya Senior Election Specialist
Tel: +254 20 862 2000
Updated March 2013
Last updated: February 05, 2014